Learn-to-Ride PE Program

Summary: While in class, students are taught how to wear a bike helmet, navigate a bike, and ride safely with classmates.

Ruling the Road with All Kids Bike 

Kindergarteners at South Shore K-8 are learning to “rule the road” during the All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Physical Education (P.E.) program. The SPS students are the first in the district to pilot the program, which gives them the chance to learn basic bike skills.  

While in class, students are taught how to wear a bike helmet, navigate a bike, and ride safely with classmates. Students learn on Strider Learn-to-Ride balance bikes that are assembled without pedals.  

Adults help young students put on bike helmets in a school gym

“Learning how to ride a bike but not having the threatening parts of the pedal is important,” South Shore P.E. Teacher Anna Rabel said. “Students feel comfortable being on the bikes when there’s nothing that’s going to hit their feet on either side.”  

The All Kids Bike program at South Shore is funded by Kids Need Bikes and founder Thomas Hayes. The Seattle-based non-profit partners with local organizations to get bikes to children and youth in need.   

“We believe that everyone should have that opportunity to experience the freedom and the fun [of riding a bike],” said Kids Need Bikes board member Sara Rigel. “Whether that’s for fitness, getting to school or work, or just fun, riding a bike is really an essential life skill and we want to give every body an opportunity to learn.” 

All Kids Bike at South Shore will support the Let’s Go Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety pedestrian program that teaches students in grades 3-5 important bike and walking safety skills.  

“We find there’s still a lot of third graders, and actually there’s a lot of middle schoolers that still don’t know how to ride a bike,” said Jen Hendrickson, SPS Instruction Services P.E. Coach. “If we can get the K-2 group to have those basic skills to stride and balance, then when it comes to that third-grade level, they’ll be able to really practice those biking skills and put it all together.”  

Currently, the All Kids Bike program is in 520 schools across the United States. Lori Dunn, SPS Program Manager of P.E. and Health Literacy is excited for the future of All Kids Bike at SPS.  

Dunn said she’s looking forward to rolling out the program at many more schools, “The hope is if it’s in one school, it’s going to be in every school.”  

You may also be interested in

A group of older elementary students work together in a classroom on robotic projects

Rising Star Students Break the Code

As her students file in, Elaine Dondoyano readies the classroom for some special guests. The Rising Star Art and Technology teacher has invited a group of students to come in and talk about computer coding and robotics. Her class of second graders are learning how to code.  The guests arrive…
A young student in safety glasses works on a project

Project-based Learning at Thornton Creek and Cedar Park

Cedar Park and Thornton Creek elementary schools allow students to choose their own adventure through expeditionary learning and IDEA time.
Two middle-school age students work together on a project in a classroom

New Elementary Grade Math Materials

All SPS elementary and K-8 schools will implement the newly adopted K-5 math instructional materials, enVision Math.